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Ever since the sequel to Man of Steel manifested itself in the form of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, much has been made of the fact that Superman seems like a bit player in his own sequel. From fans to writers (myself included), much fun has been derived from this idea that the film has become so over-stuffed with characters and plot lines intended to launch other franchises that Big Blue was more a third banana than a second fiddle. But now comes this report from our friend Devin Faraci over at BadAss Digest that seems to clarify things for fans worried that the Man of Steel was being marginalized in his own sequel. 

Please be aware, there are some major, MAJOR *SPOILERS* AHEAD! Faraci has had a look at a pre-filming script for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, so while some details may changed, there are plenty of things ahead that are likely still in there.

So this is your last chance to turn away.

Here are the details from the report:

  1. The film will open with a quick recap/montage that catches us up on Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne/Batman, bringing him right into the events seen at the end of Man of Steel
  2. We will flash forward to a couple of years after the destruction of Metropolis. At this point, the focus will shift right onto Clark- which is where it will stay for a good long while.
  3. Clark and Lois are now living together.
  4. While she’s still a world-traveling, investigative reporter, Clark is stuck covering stuff like the Gotham/Metropolis football game.
  5. Lois runs into some trouble while on an assignment in the Middle East. When Superman shows up to help her, he is not greeted warmly. See, he is seen by foreigners as a tool for the American government. One capable of mass destruction, to boot.
  6. The script emphasizes that he’s become a much more disciplined, kind, Boy Scout-like hero in the years since his battle with Zod.
  7. There are points in the script where he acknowledges that he won’t be doing things like snapping anyone’s neck anymore.
  8. Superman and General Swanwick are now pretty much allies, showing that tensions between the two have dissipated over the years.
  9. He tells the General that he will do his best to steer Doomsday (yes, Doomsday) away from heavily populated areas once that battle begins.
  10. By and large, stateside at least , Superman is viewed as a beacon of hope; a hero. Only Lex Luthor and a cautiously skeptical Batman seem to doubt his intentions.

There’s what we know, as of now. Please remember, this is from a draft of the script that was turned in a month prior to principal photography. 

What do you think? As a devout, lifelong Superman fan, I am going to need some serious convincing before I can accept this version of the character as a true hero. But this sounds like a step in the right direction. As always, it boils down to execution. 

SOURCE: BadAss Digest